Contrary to trains, cars can change direction at the driver's will. Along the highway, billboards invite us to stop by and visit all sorts of tourist attractions. On the car radio, advertisers present us their wares, some useful and convenient, others pricey and counter-productive.
Overcoming obstacles to personal growth
are many and increase by the hour. The longer the trip, the harder it
becomes to keep the vehicle on the right track. If you carry passengers
in your car, they will express their views about what you are trying to
do. "Turn around and return," you will be told, "stop and let it go."
environment offers us support at the same time that it places obstacles
in our path. Physical barriers are visible and material problems can be
directly faced. If you experience hunger or extreme discomfort, your
attention will seldom be deviated from the issue at hand. Pressing needs
demand immediate action.
How to surmount difficulties and setbacks
Stonewalls will seldom prevent your
progress, since they can circumvented. Nor the price of gasoline, food,
and lodging. Your delays will be caused more often by doubts than by
certainties. Your lack of progress will be more frequently due to
shifting convictions than to insufficient means.
Thinking is not
automatic. Observing reality and reaching correct conclusions requires
effort. Focusing your mind on what is relevant involves selecting and
discarding. Establishing goals and taking consistent action demands
concentration. No one but yourself is going to ensure that your current
concerns are aligned with your long-term interests.
remind yourself daily of your priorities, chances are that you will
spend your time dealing with the latest emergency, only to discover
later, that the problem was inconsequential. Noise distorts music in the
same way that fashion distorts principles. Not by contesting them, but
by making them inaudible and invisible.
The reason why men read
old philosophers is not to learn about the latest scandal, but to
reaffirm essential truths. The news of the hour may entertain your
attention and satisfy your curiosity. Novelties might provide you
subjects for small talk with strangers, but superficiality leads to
Do not let problems undermine your motivation
Foolishness arises not so much out of ignorance, but out
of the willingness to obliterate what we already know to be true.
Balance and motivation require sharpness of intent. Unless you find a
way to restate your goals every day, nonsense will contaminate reason
and your determination will wane.
Personal objectives are
meaningless if plans are not implemented. Relentless activity ensues
from self-confidence, not from self-effacement. You need to find the
manner to keep your purpose in view and your understanding fresh.
Restate truth at every turn the road and ignore signs that tell you to
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